On average, electricity costs are up nearly 10%. That can translate into a lot of cash at the end of a year. Here are a few ways for saving money on energy costs in your home.
5 Tips for Saving Money On Energy Costs
- Swap out your old light bulbs for energy-efficient LED bulbs. Not only do they last longer, but they also use up to 75% less energy than traditional bulbs. Just spring for the better brand upfront so you aren’t left with flickering bulbs in a year.
- As your appliances need to be upgraded, update them to Energy Star-certified models. These appliances are designed to be more energy-efficient. Here’s some additional information about upgrading to Energy Star-certified appliances. Click here.
- Install a programmable thermostat. On average you save 1% on your energy bill for every degree you adjust your thermostat for 8 hours. So program your thermostat while you’re away so your HVAC runs less. Better yet, install a smart thermostat and let the computer do it for you!
- Turn off lights and other electronics when you’re not using them. It’s a simple habit, but it can make a big difference in your energy usage.
- Use a ceiling fan to circulate the air in your home. In the summer, ceiling fans can help make rooms feel cooler, and in the winter, they can actually help push down the warm air from your ceiling and bring it into the livable part of the room.
Bonus Tip: Use a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or air fryer instead of an oven or stovetop. These smaller appliances use significantly less energy than traditional cooking methods. Plus, in the summer, they heat up your house less, meaning your HVAC isn’t fighting your oven while you pay for both!
Many small improvements can equal saving money on energy costs. That could mean big savings at the end of each month. Follow me for more home tips!
Thinking about buying a home? Here are some resources that can help:
- Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know
- 9 Home Buyer Tips
- How Much You Need To Save For a Down Payment